Monthly Archives: December 2011

Jesus gives gifts to Build his Church (Exodus 31:1-11)

In Chapter 31 we encounter the first charismatic gifts.  These aren’t gifts of tongues or miracles, they are gifts of craftsmanship.  God endowed certain tradesmen with the skills and abilities they needed in order to build the tabernacle.  The word … Continue reading

Posted in Exodus, Where's Jesus

He is coming, He is Here! (Christmas 2011) (Acts 1:4-11)

Advent is a time of longing and waiting.  Many of us know the excitement and anticipation that a child feels as he or she waits for Christmas morning.  We have lived with the excitement growing in our homes for the … Continue reading

Posted in Acts, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Q.123

Q.123. What does the second request mean? A. Your kingdom come means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you.  Keep your church strong, and add to it.  Destroy the … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit is our anointing oil (Exodus 30:22-33)

As we consider the anointing oil of Exodus 30 it is good to note that the oil is to be used in temple service only and that it is a sacred anointing oil.  The application of this oil to the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Geneva

“It seems that Christmas was usually observed on a Lord’s Day in Geneva rather than on 25 December. “There were two reasons for this, quite aside from the “Puritan fanaticism” to which it is usually ascribed. The working people of … Continue reading

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Heidelberg Catechism Q.122

Q.122. What does the first petition mean? A. “Hallowed be your name” means: Help us to truly know you,
to honor, glorify, and praise you for all your works
and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness,
justice, … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 Christ is my Shepherd

Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved pieces of poetry in all of Scripture, but mostly we read it as a piece of poetry to aid us when times are tough – after funerals, during great trials like a … Continue reading

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Jesus provides the Word and Spirit for our Basin of Washing (Exodus 30:17-21)

Part of the tabernacle worship ritual involved a constant need to wash ones hands and feet. The priests were instructed that between the altar and the service in the tabernacle a basin was to be erected for cleansing. Worship in … Continue reading

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Phil 2:2-11 Christ our Servant, Christ our King

I was repairing a pewter teapot yesterday that had its finial come loose from the top.  In order to complete the project, I needed something that would permanently bond to the pewter so that I could tap new threads and … Continue reading

Posted in Philippians, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Q.121

Q.121. Why the words
“in heaven”? A.  These words teach us not to think of God’s heavenly majesty as something earthly, and to expect everything needed for body and soul from God’s almighty power. Monday If the words, Our Father, are … Continue reading

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